Daniela & Agnieszka Win Doubles In Miami
Published April 03, 2011 12:00
A prelude to their success in Miami came in Indian Wells, where they made it all the way to the semifinals, falling to Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina, who went on to win that title. They got revenge in the second round here, 64 63.
Facing No.3 seeds Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova in Sunday afternoon's final, Hantuchova and Radwanska had to fight back from an early 4-2 deficit - as well as 4-2 down in the tie-break - to take the first set, then after a lopsided second set loss rebounded in the third, eventually winning, 76(5) 26 108.
"Liezel and Nadia are both very good players and gave us a tough match," Radwanska said. "We played well on the important points today."
"We tried to not think too much about who we were playing," Hantuchova said. "We just tried to focus on what we were doing and it paid off. We stuck to our game, which was being aggressive. It was close but we just kept fighting."
Hantuchova won her ninth WTA doubles title, and first since 2006. "It was a great two weeks. We had so much fun on and off the court. Aga is a great girl and we are great friends. That's part of why we play so well together."
Radwanska took home her second WTA doubles title, her first coming back in 2007. "Daniela is a great doubles partner. These two weeks we played some really good tennis and that's how we were able to win this title."
Hantuchova now travels to Charleston, where she is the No.10 seed in singles and partnering with Maria Kirilenko in doubles. "Next week is going to be a challenge for me, going from hardcourts to clay, but that's the way tennis works sometimes," the Slovak commented. "I'm not expecting too much but will give it my best shot. But first I'm going to enjoy this win before I shift to next week!"
Huber and Petrova were playing the finals for the fourth time in 11 career tournaments together, having first paired up 50 weeks ago in Charleston.